I honestly don't expect to see much of a difference in speed, but my mom was wanting a verizon iPad, and I use my verizon mini now, so it should work out well for both of us. I am glad that all of my apple products with the exception of my old iPod, will now have the lightning connector. The open box was in perfect condition. Has anyone had any experiences with best buy open box? Also, what differences should I notice coming from my iPad 3 to my new iPad 4? Thanks!